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Man accused of 2004 cold case murder goes on trial

Man accused of 2004 cold case murder goes on trial

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The trial of a man accused of the 2004 murder of a Salt Lake City woman is now underway.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence links Michael Jones to the murder of 28-year-old Tara Cassandra Brennan, who was found stabbed and strangled in her car at a Salt Lake City park.

According to charging documents, DNA was found on a cigarette butt in Brennan's car and on the belt ligature found on the victim's neck.

Jones said he was with Brennan the day her body was found. He initially claimed he had met Brennan, but left her alive after smoking crack cocaine with her. The case went cold until early 2007, when the DNA was found to match Jones.

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